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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 07-08-29

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From: The Cyprus News Agency at <http://www.cyna.org.cy>


CONTENTS

  • [01] IOANNOU BRONZE MEDAL WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
  • [02] CYPRUS - GREECE - HELP
  • [03] PACE PRESIDENT MISSING PERSONS
  • [04] CYPRUS - EARTHQUAKE

  • [01] IOANNOU BRONZE MEDAL WORLD ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Cypriot athlete Kyriakos Ioannou, clinched a bronze medal on Wednesday in the Mens high jump at the World Athletics Championships held in Osaka, Japan.

    Ioannou also made two new pancyprian records, 2.33 and 2.35 metres. His personal record was 2.32.

    First came Donald Thomas of the Bahamas with a 2.35 jump which he succeeded in the first attempt while Ioannou succeeded in the second attempt.

    The silver medal went to Yaroslav Rybakov of Russia with a 2.35 jump in the second attempt. Rybakov came second because he managed a 2.33 jump in the first attempt.

    [02] CYPRUS - GREECE - HELP

    Cyprus has sent the largest firefighting mission of firemen and volunteers to Greece, to combat the huge blazes that have reduced vast expanses of the country to ashes over the past few days.

    A total of 137 Cypriot firemen, assisted by 12 fire engines from the island`s Fire Department, are currently in Greece, where they have joined forces with the Greek firefighters in Aliveri and Mount Seta of Euboea, Matesi in Elea, Lala area and Foloi forest near ancient Olympia in Peloponnesus.

    The Cypriot firemen, along with members of Cyprus` Civil Defence and volunteers, were trying to contain and extinguish the fires, in addition to guarding areas to prevent any rekindling of fires.

    Prime Minister of Greece Costas Karamanlis has expressed gratitude for the assistance offered by other countries and admiration for their altruism in carrying out the difficult task of fighting the raging fires. He also thanked them for their solidarity with the people of Greece.

    [03] PACE PRESIDENT MISSING PERSONS

    The issue of missing persons remains unresolved in Cyprus and other European areas, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Rene van der Linden stressed in a written statement issued in Strasbourg today.

    ``The unresolved issue of missing persons continues to wreck the lives of too many families caught up in the aftermath of recent European conflicts dating back to Cyprus in the 1970s, the Balkans in the 1990s and the conflicts in the Northern Caucasus and the Southern Caucasus, including in the regions of the Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia and South Ossetia,`` van der Linden stressed.

    On the eve of the International Day of the Disappeared, 30 August, Mr. van der Linden expressed regret that the issue of missing persons ``was all too often marginalised or forgotten in Europe.``

    [04] CYPRUS - EARTHQUAKE

    An earth tremor, measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, was recorded on Tuesday evening, at 22:55 local time (1955 GMT) .

    According to the Geological Survey Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment, chances of aftershocks are remote.

    A Department press release says the epicenter of the quake was in Aradippou area, in Larnaca district, on the south, at a depth of 10 km. The tremor was felt in the Nicosia and Larnaca districts. There have been no reports of casualties or damage.


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